Mobile/Focus/iOS/Train Schedule

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Background

Focus for iOS will be moving to a bi-weekly cadence, so our releases will be schedule driven rather than dictated by feature development progress. Both features and fixes will be allocated to the next available release upon completion. This will give us the ability to respond much more quickly to bug reports and user feedback.

While the release cadence will remain the same, the release numbering in this schedule is subject to change, as whether a release is classified as an X.0 depends on the significance of the features/enhancements being shipped.

As a further benefit, the process will be simpler and more predictable for the multiple teams involved, as all key milestones will recur on a bi-weekly basis as well. Also, the volume of work to test, translate, review etc... will be smaller for each release, allowing us to move much more quickly.

Releases with * indicate UX/feature-heavy releases.

Train Schedule - 2017

Version Sprint Start String Freeze/L10N Hand-off Feature Complete QA hand-off QA & L10N App Sign-off Legal Sign-off Submission App Store Content Sign-off Release Release Themes
Aqua July 17, 2017 July 20, 2017 July 28,2017 July 28, 2017 Aug 1, 2017 Aug 1, 2017 July 28, 2017 N/A Aug 1-2, 2017 Bug fixes, Paste & Go
Burgundy July 31, 2017 Aug 3, 2017 Aug 11, 2017 Aug 11, 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Aug 24, 2017 TBC
Cobalt* Aug 14, 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Aug 25, 2017 Aug 25, 2017 Aug 31, 2017 Aug 31, 2017 Sept 1, 2017 Sept 6, 2017 Sept 7, 2017 TBC
Denim Aug 28, 2017 Aug 31, 2017 Sept 8, 2017 Sept 8, 2017 Sept 14, 2017 Sept 14, 2017 Sept 15, 2017 Sept 20, 2017 Sept 21, 2017 TBC
Ebony* Sept 11, 2017 Sept 14, 2017 Sept 22, 2017 Sept 22, 2017 Sept 28, 2017 Sept 28, 2017 Sept 29, 2017 Oct 4, 2017 Oct 5, 2017 TBC
Folly Sept 25, 2017 Sept 28, 2017 Oct 6, 2017 Oct 6, 2017 Oct 12, 2017 Oct 12, 2017 Oct 13, 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017 TBC
Granite* Oct 9, 2017 Oct 12, 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Oct 26, 2017 Oct 26, 2017 Oct 27, 2017 Nov 1, 2017 Nov 2, 2017 TBC
Harlequin Oct 23, 2017 Oct 26, 2017 Nov 3, 2017 Nov 3, 2017 Nov 9, 2017 Nov 9, 2017 Nov 10, 2017 Nov 15, 2017 Nov 16, 2017 TBC
Indigo* Nov 6, 2017 Nov 9, 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Nov 23, 2017 Nov 23, 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Nov 29, 2017 Nov 30, 2017 TBC
Jasmine Nov 20, 2017 Nov 23, 2017 Dec 1, 2017 Dec 1, 2017 Dec 7, 2017 Dec 7, 2017 Dec 8, 2017 Dec 13, 2017 Dec 14, 2017 TBC
Kiwi* Dec 4, 2017 Dec 7, 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Dec 21, 2017 Dec 21, 2017 Dec 22, 2017 TBC TBC TBC

Legend of Milestones

  • Sprint Start - Development work kicks off based on priorities identified, and commitments made in the last planning meeting, and continues for a period of two weeks.
  • String Freeze/L10N Hand-off - All in-app strings for the release have been finalized, landed and vetted by UX/Content Strategy. Engineering generates a string export and provides to L10N by end of day.
  • Feature Complete - Essentially code freeze. All development work on features, and identified bugs is complete as per previously identified priorities/commitments. The only code that should land after this point would be fixes to any issues identified as blockers by QA during their final test run.
  • QA hand-off - A first/potential candidate build is created by Engineering, and passed to QA for final Acceptance Testing. (This is required/performed in addition to the ongoing feature testing which takes place throughout the development cycle, as particular items land.)
  • QA Sign-off - Automated testing, as well as manual feature testing have been completed at a level determined to be sufficient for the release by QA. Any issues identified during acceptance testing, which were deemed to be blockers have been resolved, and the fixes verified by QA.
  • L10N App Sign-off -
  • Legal Sign-off -
  • Submission -
  • App Store Content Sign-off -
  • Release -